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Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Dubuque

4.4
4.4
641 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
The new Vinny Vanucchi’s ‘Little Italy’ location in Dubuque, Iowa, embodies every thing loved about our original Vinny’s location in Galena, Illinois. Serving the same Italian favorites including Nana Lu’s Meat Lasagna, Auntie Gracie's Sausage Ragu, and Dee Dee's Tortellini Carbonara, meals are complete with piping hot Garlic Bread, and Salad tossed with Vinny’s Italian House Vinaigrette Dressing. From eclectic artifacts and family portraits to rich wood floors and checkered tablecloths, we’ll transport you and your family to the Old Country. The moment you step into Vinny’s Dubuque, you'll swear Nana Lu is hard at work in our kitchen. You'll smell the slow-cooking marinara sauce and feel like part of the familia. • Family Recipes Passed Down 5 Generations • Pasta Bowls and Baked & Stuffed Pastas • Chicken and Veal Specialties • Vinny’s Thin Crust Pizza • Extensive Wine List • Import & Domestic Brews

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Lunch Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (563) 588-9600

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Parties & Groups Vinny Vanucchi’s group dinners are reminiscent of our large Italian family get togethers--where everyone gathered around the table for a glass of vino, great conversation, and no one went away hungry. Just choose from one of 6 menu plan options, pick your entrees, and leave the rest to us. We'll cook up Italian favorites and serve your meal family-style on large platters meant for you and your guests to share and pass around the table. All entrees are served with baskets of Vinny's piping hot garlic bread; bowls of salad tossed in our sweet Vinny's Italian Vinaigrette House Dressing; and dishes of penne pasta with our homemade marinara sauce. Complete your Italian feast with appetizer and dessert selections available individually or as combination platters.

  • Neighborhood

    Dubuque

  • Cross street

    West 2nd

  • Parking details

    Metered street parking during the daytime.

  • Public transit

    Cab Service.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 641 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Iowa

    Notable Wine List

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  1. JV

    JVP88

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent Italian cuisine. Service was efficient. Ambience was superb
  2. AG

    AnthonyG

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic with great service highly recommend
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were excellent. The atmosphere was unique and inviting. Service was also excellent and food came out quickly. Also mixed drink/cocktails were made perfectly.
  4. a

    autojunkie

    Milwaukee

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been to Vinny Vanucchi’s nearly every trip to Dubuque, and they continue to please with good food and ambiance. We’ll be back next trip!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and ambiance!!
  6. DT

    DawnT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Salad was amazing. Even my veggies-intolerant husband liked it. Entrees were large portioned. Cannolis were some of the best we have had. Server Melissa was helpful and attentive. Would recommend to anyone. Live music in the basement bar was also very nice.
  7. CM

    CathyM

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Everything was great. Our server was friendly, attentive, knowledgeable, and professional. Food was very good, though I was expecting more of a "gravy" or reduction with my Veal Marsala rather than just liquid. We were led up a couple of flights of stairs, which was not easy for my sister and her 80-year-old husband. They managed and didn't want to say anything, but it would have been nice to have been asked if it was okay to be seated upstairs. We saw plenty of tables downstairs. Overall, it was a great experience and not at all noisy so we could talk easily. Loved it, and will return!
  8. CO

    ChrisO

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    The service was great, but the food was some of the worst I have ever eaten... Their calamari was good, but it was a little bit overcooked. The chicken and veal Parmigiana was extremely overcooked. Veal should be tender, but their veal was tough. The chicken was so overcooked that it tasted burned.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Pizzas were good, my pasta needed some love. I ordered the baked penne and it was so dry. There was barely any sauce on it and there literally was no ricotta baked into it. If there was it was very small amounts. So I literally got cooked noodles with a little sauce and cheese. Garlic bread was phenomenal. We ordered a bottle of wine which was good. With my dinner I received salad so they did bring a full bowl of salad for the table. Service was good. Cute place but I am not sure I would go back.
  10. CS

    ColetteS

    St. Louis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very good service and good food. A little pricey for pasta that is why I gave it 4 stars.
  11. BS

    BryanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fabulous place to eat! Tony, our server who was extremely busy “#nohelpanywhere” was very professional and took care of our every need! Cheers to you, next time we are in Dubuque we will definitely dine at Vinny’s!
  12. MM

    MikeM

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed the lasagna and veal parmigiana. Our server Izzy did a terrific job.
  13. I

    Iowagirl53

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Salad & garlic bread! Very generous portions. Tiramisu ok not great otherwise fine dining experience.
  14. NE

    NELSON

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love to come here. One of the few places where the background music help to create the ambience. (Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin). The HOT garlic/cheese bread is SO good. :)
  15. CS

    CynthiaS

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Good wine selection. Nice ambiance.
  16. J

    Jesse

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    As usual we had an outstanding night out. It was busy so it was a little slower but that was OK with us. We weren’t in a hurry. We will defiantly be back!
  17. L

    Lodi

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    They offered GF pasta But no GF bread or dessert Had chicken parmigiana, chicken was tough Waitress and service was very good
  18. GC

    GayleC

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pollo compamare It’s the best Got to try it. Nothing like it in the Quad-Cities
  19. M

    Michael

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The food was okay but nothing special. One of our party encountered very hot peppers in her dish, but there was no heat warning in the menu. The service was excellent, but it was very warm in the restaurant, making it hard to enjoy the food. I’ve dined there previously and have enjoyed the meal, so maybe it was an off night and the heat didn’t help.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    So hot we could not enjoy our experience we informed waitress and manager who stated it was stated it was the old building . We have been there numerous times never this hot
  21. N

    Nikdor

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The salad and bread included were “pretty good”…the bread seemed to be a little oily. The entrees were tasty. Two pasta dishes which came out hot and flavorful. The tiramisu was very good. Definitely worth eating here when you’re in the mood for Italian cuisine. Our server was quite attentive (in a good way).
  22. LP

    LizzieP

    Des Moines

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place & looks authentic. Easy on street parking. Large portions & garlic bread to die for. Seafood fettuccine was nice but not enough scallops and tiny bit of crab, tasted good.
  23. BP

    BrittP

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    We were reccommended this place upon our arrival in Dubuque. So excited to have italian food for the night but was quickly disappointed with the food. The garlic bread was very greasy and the alfredo sauce was just a cream base sauce. Nothing special about this place. Ate maybe two bites of both our meals and 83 dollars later. Needless to say we left hungry still.
  24. P

    Phil

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    Service was very good. Unfortunately, the food was not so good. Veal Marsala was definitely not very good.
  25. KF

    KevinF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was fresh, hot, and delicious! Waitress was friendly and attentive.
  26. D

    Dzzz

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Italian food. Garlic bread is killer! This truly is one of my favorite restaurants in the Midwest.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mel was our server. She was amazing. Highly recommend her section. She was on top of everything. Portions were perfect too. Very nice non large chain restaurant.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience5
    Very poor service from our waitress. Didn’t say hello or introduce herself. Didn’t offer specials. Didn’t clear any dirty dishes until I asked her to after dessert. Didn’t refill drinks or water and didn’t offer another round. We had to flag her down to order a second glass of wine long after the first was empty. Kept trying to give us our check even while still eating then put it in the table and walked away. Again, we had to flag her down we to ask to order deserts, it was never offered. The food and ambience was five star but the waitress definitely needs some training
  29. WH

    WendyH

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great atmosphere, great place to celebrate
  30. J

    Jdwm

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good experience
  31. LB

    LarryB

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Nice Atmosphere. Friendly and professional staff
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    I will say that the food was good. Beware that this restaurant charges an $8.95 splitting fee if you share a meal. That’s a bit much for me and I don’t mean the cost. Don’t care for this. For this reason, I will never go back.
  33. NS

    NancyS

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Since Covid it’s not the same, they used to offer homemade garlic rolls which they don’t anymore. The dinnerware, glasses etc were not as expected! Food was fair, Won’t be returning!
  34. HY

    HeatherY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, the wait staff was great and constantly checked on us Our party was able to carry on a wonderful conversation without having to shoot . It was a favorite and will continue to be one.
  35. VP

    VickiP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    If you want basic not homemade Italian food this place might be okay for you. I got chicken Parm and the chicken was too tough to chew. Ate four bites and told waitress- she asked if I wanted something else and I was grossed out so sad no. Got the bill and was charged the full price for my meal I did not eat. I mean at least comp one of my drinks. Service was very fast which tells me it was probably nuked hence the tough chicken.
  36. MM

    MichaelM

    Minneapolis

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Kudos to our wonderful waitress who turned a mediocre experience into something better. We were never recognized for our birthday, even though we had indicated that was the reason for visiting this venue. Try it, but keep your expectations low.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visit Dubuque once a year for a workshop and always take a date night to VVs. So worth it!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    Took our son to the restaurant for his birthday dinner. This place is like a ping-pong ball. The first time we ate at Vinny Vannucci‘s it was average then we ate there on Valentine’s Day of 2022 and it was spectacular and this most recent time which was 4/11/22, it was average at best. For a place that specializes in good quality Italian food I would choose Olive Garden over this location again. The server was great, so that’s a plus.
  39. ET

    ETCR

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    We arrived early and were seated right away. The server was nice but did not check on us very much. We ordered calamari and it came out burnt- I had Veal Parm. The veal was burnt on the ends. My wife’s dish- baked Seafood was awesome. Salad was good and so was the bread. The dining area downstairs was very loud with maybe 60% occupancy. Probably will look for another place to dine when in Dubuque.
  40. G

    Gabby

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Splitting plate charge is close to $9 and the kitchen does not split the food. You are given a clean extra plate to split yourself. Ask the price for a glass of wine, they will offer you their most expensive glass. Meatballs were excellent as always. Beautiful place, we will be back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

FAQs

Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Dubuque offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (563) 588-9600.

Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Dubuque is rated 4.4 stars by 641 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Dubuque

180 Main Street, Dubuque, IA 52001

Additional information

  • Cross street

    West 2nd

  • Neighborhood

    Dubuque

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Lunch Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Metered street parking during the daytime.

  • Public transit

    Cab Service.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (563) 588-9600

  • Private party facilities

    Parties & Groups Vinny Vanucchi’s group dinners are reminiscent of our large Italian family get togethers--where everyone gathered around the table for a glass of vino, great conversation, and no one went away hungry. Just choose from one of 6 menu plan options, pick your entrees, and leave the rest to us. We'll cook up Italian favorites and serve your meal family-style on large platters meant for you and your guests to share and pass around the table. All entrees are served with baskets of Vinny's piping hot garlic bread; bowls of salad tossed in our sweet Vinny's Italian Vinaigrette House Dressing; and dishes of penne pasta with our homemade marinara sauce. Complete your Italian feast with appetizer and dessert selections available individually or as combination platters.

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